Our team often encourages teachers to consider exactly how it is that our classroom environments (and our ways of being in other school milieus) intentionally go about creating a sense of safety, belonging, community, engagement in learning goals, authentic caring, connectedness with parent/guardians, and focus on skill-building. We are also guided by the core principles of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Model (Holden et al., 2013): listen to children; put children first; respect children’s dignity; protect children’s personal integrity; protect families; provide abused and neglected children with the opportunity for healing; and focus on prevention.
Holden, M.J., Holden J.C., Mineroff, M., Laddin, B., Stanton-Greenwood, A., Turnbull, A….Butcher, S. (2013). Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools, (ed. 1). Residential Child Care Project, Cornell University.